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A losing August almost over, is a better September ahead?

Manager Bob Melvin says a bad August doesn't define his club.

Manager Bob Melvin says a bad August doesn’t define his club.

Win or lose the final two games of the series with the Angels this weekend, the A’s will finish with a losing record in a calendar month for the first time since May, 2012.

Believe it or not, A’s manager Bob Melvin finds some solace in that. Never mind that the A’s are further out of first place heading into Saturday night’s game in Angel Stadium than at any point this year.

“This is the first bad month we’ve had in three years,’’ Melvin said. “Think about that. It’s going to happen to any club.

“You’ve just got to persevere. You have to believe that things are going to turn for us. Because they are.’’

    It would, in fact be surprising for the A’s to have a bad September, if for no other reason that the history of the last three seasons is that through high points and low points they’ve been winners every month but one.

“We’ve been consistent,’’ Melvin said. “We’ve had this one month, but we’ve been consistent most of the time.

It doesn’t hurt that the A’s have a soft schedule down the stretch after having built up their 78-56 record against a very tough schedule the first four months.

Oakland has 26 September games in the first 28 days of the month. Of those, 17 are against the Astros, White Sox, Rangers and Phillies, teams all at least a dozen games under .500 heading into the weekend and nine against teams, the Mariners and Angels, playing for the post-season.

The Angels have the same number of games, but they play 11 games against plus-.500 teams, so they have a marginally tougher task. The Angels have 16 of their last 26 on the road. The A’s have just 11 road games.

“It’s been frustrating,’’ Melvin said of August. “We are frustrated, no doubt about it. You’ve got to play through it. They are fighting, playing hard. Things aren’t going our way right now, but it will turn.’’

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.